Festival shines spotlight on social care

The Festival of Practice attracted more than 900 bookings to nearly 30 workshops

Delegates at the Festival of Practice

A week-long programme of events, presentations and talks has showcased the social care sector across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.

The Festival of Practice is now in its third year and this year's event attracted more than 900 bookings to nearly 30 workshops which took place.

There were also talks from several key speakers - all with long experience in the industry - and some of the events were free to local people and carers offering support.

Incorporated into a mixture of online and in-person events at County Hall in Leicestershire and City Hall in Leicester, with the involvement also of Rutland County Council, themes included equality, inclusion and diversity with other topics touched on such as poverty, trauma, neurodiversity, and anti-racism.

Among the guest speakers were Lyn Romeo, the government’s Chief Social Worker for Adults, Isabelle Trowler, who holds the equivalent position for Children and Families and Karen Orman, a senior figure from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. They all acknowledged the hard work and commitment of the region’s social care workforce.

The Festival of Practice has presented a great opportunity for us in Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland to bring together our people involved in this kind of work, and at the same time acknowledge the brilliant care that they deliver.

We can always take time to learn and develop our standards of care on top of that, and that’s why this year’s theme on equality, diversity, and inclusion is so vital. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect, especially when receiving care, and the work shown at the festival reflects that.

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